Lawsuit Filed Over Anti-LGBT Bullying & Harassment in Mississippi School District

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced a new lawsuit today over anti-LGBT mistreatment at school: The organization is suing Mississippi’s Moss Point School District, the district’s school board, and two district administrators on behalf of a student, Destin Holmes, “who endured such severe harassment she was eventually driven out of school.” Click here or on ‘Read More’ to learn more and to watch a related video.

Transgender Texas Teen Jeydon Loredo Prevails; Will Wear Tux in Yearbook

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Two days after receiving a demand letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) threatening litigation, the La Feria Independent School District in Texas has agreed to allow a transgender senior, Jeydon Loredo, to appear in his high school’s yearbook wearing a tuxedo.

The district’s superintendent had previously told Jeydon’s mother, Stella Loredo, that her son’s tuxedo photograph would offend “community standards”; the superintendent explained to Ms. Loredo that the school would include her son’s photograph in the yearbook only if he wore stereotypically feminine attire, like a blouse.

Yesterday’s Related Youth Allies Post: Texas Teen’s Fight Serves As Important Reminder: Federal Law Protects Trans Youth.
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Texas Teen’s Fight Serves As Important Reminder:
Federal Law Protects Trans Youth

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[November 15 Update: Jeydon has prevailed, and will appear in a tuxedo in the yearbook. My original 11/14 post about Jeydon and the SPLC continues below. – MK]

A dispute unfolding in Texas serves as another important reminder that the federal Constitution and federal civil rights statutes, if properly applied and enforced, protect public school students from anti-transgender discrimination regardless of what state and local laws might provide.

Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sent a demand letter to the school board in La Feria, Texas, on behalf of a transgender student, Jeydon Loredo, who was denied permission to wear a tuxedo in a yearbook photograph. The district’s superintendent, Rey Villarreal, told Loredo’s mother that the yearbook would include her son’s picture only if he wore traditionally feminine clothing, like a “blouse or drape.”

The SPLC’s letter says the organization will take legal action if the district doesn’t change course.
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